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In general, the holidays are a difficult time for those who are grieving. Infertility is a different type of grief, because you're grieving for something you've never had. It is a constant loop of grief every month. During Christmas,...
A few months ago, I wrote an article about the physical and mental hardships my friend was going through as she was fighting infertility. I was watching from the outside, from miles and hours away. She’s a friend that...
Friends, I was you just a few years ago. On the childless side of this. My husband and I were at the beach, our whole family packed into a small and cramped two-story beach house. I remember watching my brother...
  When I was expecting, I would cradle my pregnant belly and daydream about nursing my little one in a cozy corner of our home. I imagined the first few moments of his life would be spent on my chest...
I am a BIG planner. So, when my husband and I began family planning, I wanted to make sure there was no detail left behind. From the day we got a positive pregnancy test, I began planning my perfect pregnancy....
Dear Infertile Stepmom, Please know you’re not alone in your feelings. Even if, like me, you are part of a harmoniously blended family, you probably still deal with feelings of loneliness, envy, and insecurity. How could you not battle those...
Chrissy, John, Luna, and Miles -- As many have, I have admired you, your beauty, your cooking, your home, your family, your travels, your humor, and your marriage from afar. I watched your pregnancy with Luna and was so thankful for...
From the moment she announced her pregnancy, my best friend and I were dreaming up plans for her baby shower. As her due date was approaching, concerns grew for hosting an in-person celebration. A few of my friends had...
No one told me that your heart grows, not only for your child but also for your partner. Marrying you was a dream. We still had so much to grow within ourselves and together but that time was golden. We...
I never thought I would be a wife, much less a mom. I didn’t really want that life for myself plus, for some reason, I thought it would be biologically impossible for me to get pregnant. I had dreams...

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